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Name: KARAPARA
Type: Passenger Cargo Ship
Launched: 17/03/1915
Completed: 08/1915
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 948
Dimensions: 7117grt, 3722nrt, 425.0 x 55.6 x 31.4ft
Engines: 2 x T3cyl (25.5, 43 & 73 x 48ins), 1410nhp
Engines by: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Propulsion: 2 x Screws
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 137801
History:
08/1915 British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Glasgow
03/1950 Broken up
Comments: Built for the Bombay to East Africa service
1915: Requisitioned by the Admiralty on completion & converted to a hospital ship
1920: Returned to owners
1932: Transferred to the Calcutta to Singapore service
06/1940: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as a hospital ship
Damaged by bombing at Tobruk. Subsequently repaired
18/03/1950: Delivered to Bombay for breaking by Steel Corp of Bombay


Above photo, as a hospital ship, courtesy of Michael Urvantsev

Above photo, as a hospital ship, courtesy of Michael Urvantsev